Loki Director Explains Alternate TVA In Season Finale
Loki director Kate Herron has explained the alternate version of the Time Variance Authority (TVA) headquarters that appears in the final moments of the season 1 finale. Loki follows a variant of the God of Mischief (Tom Hiddleston) that was created as a consequence of the Avengers’ time heist in Avengers: Endgame. This version of Loki is captured by the TVA, an organization that is dedicated to keeping the Sacred Timeline intact. He works with Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) to track down dangerous Loki variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), who is evading capture by hiding in apocalypses and killing TVA Agents.
The Loki season finale, “For All Time, Always”, saw Sylvie and Loki journey to the End of Time in order to face He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), the creator of the TVA. Despite their growing bond, Sylvie betrayed Loki in order to finally get her revenge, pushing Loki through a time door and sending him back to the TVA so that she could kill He Who Remains. It is revealed in the episode’s final moments that Loki has been sent to an alternate version of the TVA. Mobius and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) no longer recognize him and there is a statue of Kang The Conqueror in place of the mysterious Timekeepers.
Now, Herron has explained more about the alternate version of the TVA, especially as the organization was previously understood to exist outside of space and time. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Herron explains how she believes Sylvie intended to send Loki back to the original TVA. However, as the timeline collapses and the multiverse branches, “reality has shifted” and Loki “has unfortunately been sent back somewhere very different.” Read her full quote below:
“So the way I see it in my head is that the TVA exists outside of space and time, but reality and everything as we understood it has completely changed in the last few minutes. With the multiverse branching, how do we know the TVA still exists in that way? We don’t know, and I suppose that’s a big question that will be answered as the show goes on. But in my head, the intention is that Sylvie thinks she’s sending him back to the TVA, but because of the way time and branches are crossing each other outside the window, Loki has unfortunately been sent back somewhere very different. So reality has shifted just by the nature of what He Who Remains said, and the idea is that he’s in this alternate TVA now.”
This explanation arguably makes it clearer why the multiverse begins to split before Sylvie kills He Who Remains aka Kang. Reality is so unstable that even the TVA can no longer exist in a single form – given that Sylvie and Loki’s bonding on Lamentis caused a major nexus event, Sylvie’s betrayal of Loki would be more than enough to kickstart the multiverse. That being said, Herron suggests that Sylvie’s intentions were to send Loki back to his allies, which hints that their bond did have a meaningful impact on her even if it couldn’t stop her from getting revenge.
As Herron will not be returning to direct Loki season 2, she is free to speculate alongside fans about what the multiverse branching means for the TVA. As she notes, the consequences of Loki landing in this alternate TVA are sure to be explored in the Disney+/Marvel series’ second season. Whatever Sylvie’s intentions were in the season finale of Loki, it’s clear that her actions are going to have major consequences on the future of the MCU.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter